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Directors Hating on Other Directors: Cronenberg vs. Shyamalan, Burton and Green vs. Smith

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 15, 2011 at 8:25AM

Thank you, Flavorwire, for reminding us of the dark side of creative genius. In "The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults In History," Flavorwire reveals the competitive, nasty side of many beloved filmmakers. Bigmouth Kevin Smith is a dart magnet: but he gives as good as he gets.
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Thompson on Hollywood


Thank you, Flavorwire, for reminding us of the dark side of creative genius. In "The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults In History," Flavorwire reveals the competitive, nasty side of many beloved filmmakers. Bigmouth Kevin Smith is a dart magnet: but he gives as good as he gets.

Our favorites: David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) on M. Night Shyamalan (The Village, The Sixth Sense); “I HATE that guy! Next question."

David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) on Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma): "He kind of created a Special Olympics for film. They just kind of lowered the standard. I’m sure their parents are proud; it’s just nothing I care to buy a ticket for.”

And of course, there's this one:

Tim Burton on Kevin Smith (after Smith jokingly accused Burton of stealing the ending of Planet of the Apes from a Smith comic book):
 “Anyone who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I would especially never read anything created by Kevin Smith.”

Kevin Smith on Tim Burton (in response to “I would never read a comic book”):
“Which, to me, explains fucking Batman.”

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Hollywood, Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Smith, David Cronenberg, Batman, Comics


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